JSPAN calls for Repudiation of Ann Coulter's Remarks

Ann Coulter, a right-wing Republican author and media darling, stirred controversy last week when she appeared on NBC’s The Big Idea with Danny Deutsch. Asked about her ideal image of America, Coulter responded, "It ould look like New York City during the Republican National Convention. In fact, that's what I think heaven is going to look like." She described her vision: "People were happy. They're Christian. They're olerant. They defend America." Deutsch then asked, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" to which oulter responded, "Yes." Later in the discussion, Deutsch said to her: "[Y]ou said we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians," and Coulter again replied, "Yes." You can view the interview at http://mediamatters.org/items/200710100008. Coulter’s comments provoked a reaction from the National Jewish Democratic Council, which urged its upporters to petition media stations to keep Coulter off the air. JSPAN proceeded in a two prong manner. First, we criticized the NJDC for implicitly attempting to make this a partisan political matter. According to JSPAN President Jeff Pasek, “By attacking her in the name of a partisan Democratic organization, the NJDC only encourages Republicans to come to her defense.” At the same time, JSPAN called upon the Republican Jewish Coalition to repudiate Coulter’s remarks. JSPAN challenged the RJC to publicly “demonstrate that its first commitment is to the welfare of the Jewish people and not to the Republican Party.” We encourage our members to view JSPAN letters to Ira Forman of the NJDC and Matthew Brooks of the RJC.